Egyptian Basalt Bust of Thutmose III, 18th Dynasty, Reign of Tuthmosis III, 1479-1426 BC
Thutmose III is perhaps best known as a great military commander and a large number of successful campaigns are attested during his reign, during which time he notably expanded Egypt’s boundaries. He is also well known as the young prince whose stepmother, Hatshepsut, initially ruled Egypt as co-regent. After her death in 1468 B.C., the king began his sole reign, which was marked by extensive building and reconstruction projects, particularly at Karnak.
This bust is probably from an enthroned statue of the king. He is wearing a ribbed ceremonial beard with chin-straps in relief, and the nemes-headcloth with alternating wide and narrow stripes and striated lappets and queue.
In the form of an inverted lotus, with the striated overlapping petals in low relief, the crown a reeded suspension loop, perforated below, the iron clapper strung through a wire hooked through a perforation on either side, one side embellished with relief decoration comprising a head of a falcon wearing a striated tripartite headcloth, a falcon headed scepter below, adorned with a broad collar and a tripartite headcloth surmounted by a uraeus, flanked by two nefer signs before inward facing wedjat-eyes and conforming brows, the irises in “black” bronze, adorsed crocodiles along the lower rim.